literary Links” – Harry Potter in Oxford

literary Links” – Harry Potter in Oxford

2 years ago

Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets. A number of Christ Church College locations were used for filming the Harry Potter movies. The old cloisters provided the backdrop to Harry being shown his father’s Quidditch trophy. The stairway up to the Dining Hall was used as the entrance to Hogwarts where Professor McGonagall informs the new students they are about to be sorted into their houses. Christ Church decided to not use the Sorting Hat for the selection of their students. Two other scenes were filmed on this staircase: when Filch, the caretaker, catches Harry and Ron arriving late, and when Harry has a flashback of Dumbledore talking to Tom Riddle.   Even though the Dining Hall was not used for filming it was the inspiration for the Hogwarts’s main hall. You can easily imagine floating candles, moving pictures, flying

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“On the Road…” – Gloucester and the USA

2 years ago

On the road…” is a series of posts about our Discovery of Britain’s highways and byways. Whether it be some family fun, a surprising connection or just a beautiful spot we want to share our love for this country with you. Today we visit Gloucester to celebrate the 4th July – American Independence Day. So how does this English Cathedral City have any connection with American independence? You can guarantee that today there will be multiple renditions of the American national anthem being sung from state to state… and that is where Gloucester steps in. Or more precisely, that is where John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) steps in.     Smith was born along this street – the son of Gloucester Cathedral’s organist. The musical gene passed into his blood as he progressed from chorister to composer and, like his dad, organist. Somewhere around 1773 he composed some music called “The

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